The harsh winter conditions in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado make road conditions in the state among the most dangerous in the country. Overall, Coloradans tends to be pretty seasoned drivers in the snow, and cities around the state reflect those careful driving behaviors. But driving safety is never at 100% and Colorado is no exception. Colorado drivers ranked 26th in QuotWizard’s best and worst driving state study, which is a significant improvement from their 8th worst ranking in 2016.
Car accidents are on the rise all across the country and Colorado is keeping pace. A study by the IIHS they associate Colorado’s legalization of marijuana with a 5.2 percent increase of police-reported crashes. Stoned drivers or not, QuoteWizard wanted to highlight the cities of Colorado who displayed the safest driving habits in the state.
To get rankings for safest driving cities in Colorado, we ‘looked under the hood’ at our insurance quote user data. We then calculated which cities had the lowest rate of overall incidents: accidents, speeding tickets, DUI, and citations.
Below are the rankings of the top 15 safest driving cities in Colorado:
On the southern border of CO close to NM you’ll pass through Trinidad heading south on I-25. I-25 must be a safe highway as many other cities along I-25 make the safest driving list. The southern high desert city doesn’t experience dangerous winter driving conditions like most mountain towns, keeping drivers safe year-round. Las Animas county was responsible 343 total crashes in 2017.
Alamosa has a similar population to Trinidad, a similarly safe driving city. The cold desert climate only produces 25 snow days per year in the foot hill town, keeping drivers safe from dangerous winter driving conditions. Alamosa county accounted for 297 car accidents in 2017.
Those safe drivers heading north east from Trinidad or south east from nearby safe driving city Pueblo will run into another city of safe drivers in La Junta. The flat eastern high desert sure does make it easy for drivers to stay safe out there. There were 239 crashes in La Otero county for 2017.
One of the larger cities on this list, and another city along the southern portion of I-25. Pueblo's place on this list may be thanks to their ‘Don’t Meet By Accident’ guide to safe driving program. Pueblo accounted for 3,761 car accidents in 2017.
Cortez takes the top spot for safe drivers in the western part of the mountains. The high desert climate keeps winter driving conditions down, and safe driving records up. 425 accidents occurred in Montezuma county for 2017.
Fountain finds itself among neighboring towns as one of the safest driving cities in the state. It's yet another safe driving city along I-25 right in the middle of fellow safe driving cities Pueblo and Colorado Springs. El Paso county drivers were involved in 12,470 car crashes in 2017, which was 3rd most by county in Colorado.
Yet another neighboring city clustered closely to a number of other safe driving cities. Heading due east thru Pueblo and onto La Junta you can expect to surround yourself with some of the safest drivers in the state. Fremont county inured 615 car accidents in 2017.
The second city on our list that resides in the western part of the state. Sitting south west of the mountains the desert conditions help keep it safe from severe winter conditions. La Plata county was responsible for 1,164 crashes in the year 2017.
The only city in the norther part of the state to make the safest driving list. Being so far north Craig does deal with more snow than the rest of the cities on our list. So hats off to Craig drivers for being so careful when the powder falls. 311 crashes occurred in Moffat county in 2017.
Situated on the westernmost portion of Colorado’s often dangerous I-70, it’s lower elevation keeps winter driving conditions fairly safe. Grand Junction also has several “good transportation options to plan ahead to avoid drinking and driving”. Another reason Grand Junction is keeping their roads safe! 2,397 accidents happened in Mesa county in 2017.
The first Denver metro city on our list! While kids might be skipping class from partying too hard in nearby Boulder. Longmont is encouraging their residents to enroll in traffic safety classes even for the smallest of traffic infractions. 6,357 car crashes occurred in Boulder county in 2017.
The only city on this list up in the mountains at over 8,400 feet elevation. The alpine climate stays chilly, but Woodland Park drivers operate with care on their roads. Teller county was responsible for 391 car accidents in 2017.
The second Denver metro city on the list. Fitting it’s the last stop on I-25 from Denver to other safe driving city, Colorado Springs. There sure is something about the I-25 corridor drivers. Douglas county was home to 5,591 car accidents in 2017.
No surprise here. The largest city to make our list, living smack dab in the middle of safe driving country. Colorado Springs already has shared safe driving accolades from QuoteWizard, as it's the 31st best driving city in the country. It fairs better than its bad driving big brother Denver, who ranked 15th worst driving city in the country. Another city residing in El Paso country which ranked third in the state for total car accidents in 2017.
The closest city on our list to one of the worst driving cities in the country, Denver. Way to go Englewood! Just watch your blind spots while driving a few miles north. The only city on our list to reside in Arapahoe country, which comes in as the second most crashes by county in 2017 with 12,313.
Being a Good Driver Keeps Your Insurance Rates Low
By staying safe you will always save money on your car insurance rates. Companies will often reward drivers for staying accident free. Living in a city with a high rate of safe drivers will also benefit your insurance rate bottom line. Insurance companies evaluate risk not solely based on your profile, but those drivers around you. If you live in a high risk area, and you have a clean driving record, you could see your insurance rates rise. Whether you live in a safe city or one of the higher risk ones, you should always look to compare insurance rate to make sure you’re getting your best coverage at the lowest rate.
We used 2018 incident stats with more than 10,000 data points from QuoteWizard users across Colorado. To quantify overall driver quality for comparison, we compared incident counts for each city with its frequency of users. The final rankings are determined by cities with the highest rate of incidents (accidents, speeding tickets, DUI, and citations).